Monday, August 29, 2011
Emmy and the Rats in the Belfry by Lynne Jonell
This is book 3 about Emmy and her rat friend Raston who can change a person into a rat and his sister Cecelia who can make them human again. Of course the evil Miss Barny is back and wants revenge, and to be a beautiful human again. Emmy, her rat friends, her human friends and even her elderly aunts are all in trouble if Miss Barny and her patsy Cheswick Vole aren't stopped.
Recommended for grades 4 - 6 (but you should really start with Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking Rat)
The Ogre of Oglefort by Eva Ibbotson
A hag, a troll, a wizard and a boy are sent on a quest to save a princess from an ogre, but when they get to the castle, they discover that it's the ogre who needs to be saved.
Recommended for grades 3 - 5, younger for reading aloud
The One and Only Stuey Lewis by Jane Schoenberg
Stuey Lewis is starting second grade with his best friend Will and major pain in the neck Lilly. In these four stories, Stuey shares a secret, has an awesome Halloween plan, joins a soccer team and decides second grade is great.
Recommended for first - third graders ready for a short chapter book and to be read aloud to ages 5 and up.
Monday, August 22, 2011
The Notorius Benedict Arnold: A True Story of Adventure, Heroism and Treachery by Steve Sheinkin
When the American Revolution started Benedict Arnold was ready to fight for his new country. He led the fight on Lake Champlin and turned away the powerful British Navy. He led the charge in the Battle of Saratoga and sent the British back to Canada. He spent most of his money on the war effort and was crippled by a bullet in the leg. So what happened that made him offer his services to the British as a spy and become hated by the Americans and the British? Recommended for grades 5 - 8.
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
The Fires Beneath the Sea by Lydia Millet
Cara's mother has disappeared. The police haven't been called. Her father won't talk about it. But, when an otter appears off the coast of a Cape and a watery man shows up at their house, Cara and her genius brother Jackson realize they are the ones who must find their mother. Recommended for grades 4 - 6.